Our first color TV was a 19" wide screen in a 200 pound box, with people who were congenitally green or orange. So really. When we all can buy TVs like this for $428, there should be no complaints. So what I say here is ridiculously relative.
I happened to be in a position to compare this set at home to an LG 37" LCD #also sold by Walmart, so I hope they let me say that# that sells for about $100 more. I've had HD sets for 8 years, so HD by itself was not enough to "wow" me. And neither was the Vizio. It is a good value, for sure, and it had exemplary wide-angle viewing #better than the LG, and better than most LCDs I've seen#. But that was about it. Here's what the $100 bought me:
1. Better selection of inputs
2. A better made, swiveling base
3. More versatile video and audio controls
4. A better picture and
5. Better sound.
I find it astounding that we can buy a TV like this for this kind of money, and if you're on a strict budget, the Vizio would work fine. But if you have the additional scratch, the LG is well worth the extra money. It is the difference between "that's a really nice picture" and "WOW, now THAT's a really nice picture!!" On good source material, the LG was superio in every way; black level, motion control, color saturation, detail, depth of field, etc. But most importantly, it was more engaging.
Not many 37-inchers out there; becoming an "odd" size, apparently. But it fits our space perfectly without overwhelming the room #that a more standard 42-incher would do#, so if you're in the same situation, both of these are worth checking out. Really, the Vizio is very good...for the money.
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